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And the nominees for Best Up and Coming Acts are…

19th May 2015

Happy Tuesday change makers! I’m thrilled to announce the final nominees for the 2015 Hero Awards Best Up and Coming Acts. It brings me great pleasure to announce these nominees and share their excellent achievements and passions with the world.

#1 Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos A.C.
#2 Inter-religious Harmony in Action

Introducing the first nominee for Best Up and Coming Act is Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos A.C. from Mexico.


Click here to vote for Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos

The heightened war against drug cartels and gangs in Mexico, which began in 2006, has already claimed more than 55,000 lives.  More than 3,000 police officers and soldiers have died, which is equal to the total number of coalition soldiers who have died in the war in Afghanistan.

The continued violence and mayhem being caused by drug cartels and gangs has created a humanitarian crisis as people try to live out their daily lives in what has effectively become a conflict zones.

In Tampico, Mexico a local organization dedicated to creating peace through sports called Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos, decided that they had to do something more than their regular sports programming to address this crisis. Because so many of the people living in these violent conflict zones are poor with very limited access to medical care, Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos decided that they would do something new.  They began to work to provide medical assistance.  Then, they gathered medical supplies to donate to those who are working to provide medical care.

Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos was able to provide hundreds of wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes.  They were also able to supply a large number of first aid kits.

They are hoping that their efforts will help to heal the local community and those who have been affected by the violent conflict and rising crime.


Vote for Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos A.C. and take the next step to support them by becoming a fan on their Facebook page. 

Voting ends in 2 days, May 21st, 2015

The second nominee for Best Up and Coming Act is Inter-religious Harmony in Action

Our human identity is deeply tied to culture and religions.  Cultural and religious differences can sometime become a cause of human suffering when we fail to understand and embrace each other’s differences and conflicts arise.  Throughout human existence, these sorts of inter-religious conflicts have caused a tremendous amount of human suffering.

Click here to vote for Inter-religious Harmony in Action

In Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India some local leaders have come together with all of this in mind.  They have created a new movement called inter-religious harmony in action. Their goal is to work against prejudice, hatred and discrimination and to foster instead, a spirit of mutual respect, coexistence, and tolerance.

Every year, they have pledged to celebrate World Inter-Faith Harmony Week together.  Their first joint celebration included interfaith prayer, concerts for interfaith harmony and family entertainment.  Many faiths were represented.  The initial was so successful that they are now planning more celebration throughout the year to build, strengthen, and foster understanding.


The below video is a recap from the World Inter-Faith Harmony week 2015.

Click here to vote for your favorite Up and Coming Act

We’ll be back in a few days to share the winners of each award, so get out there and vote for your favorite acts, do good any way you can and share your acts of peace with us.



Entrepreneur & do-gooder.


  • Carrie Steele
    Posted at 4:00 pm May 19, 2015
    Carrie Steele
    Reply Author

    So excited for all of our semifinalists! 2 more days to vote and the winners will be announced on May 21!

  • Dawn Engle
    Posted at 1:23 pm May 20, 2015
    Dawn Engle
    Reply Author

    Go team!

  • Carrie Steele
    Posted at 1:40 pm May 20, 2015
    Carrie Steele
    Reply Author

    Great job by all of our nominees! We are so proud of everyone!

  • Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan alias Saeed Khan Falahi
    Posted at 4:34 pm May 21, 2015
    Mohd. Abdul Saeed Khan alias Saeed Khan Falahi
    Reply Author

    Hearty congratulations from India to all winners of 1BAOP Hero Award. Together we can change the world!!!

    • Jay Castro
      Posted at 3:44 pm May 28, 2015
      Jay Castro
      Reply Author

      Thanks 🙂 Yes, together we can change the world for the better.